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SOCOM Servers Shutting Down

After almost 10 years of what numerous gamers proclaim has been the “greatest 3rd Person Shooter of all-time”, Sony has announced that the previous generations of the SOCOM servers will close on August 31, 2012. (PS2, PS3, PSP, PSP console, Socom 2:US Navy Seals, SOCOM 3: U.S. Navy SEALs, Socom: Combined Assault, SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo, SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 2, Socom: US Navy Seals, Sony Computer Entertainment America, Tag Invalid)

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Nitrowolf2  +   1349d ago | Well said
Bye Socom,

Some of the best memories i ever had with my ps2
sinncross  +   1349d ago
What I do not get is why does Sony not just do an HD re-release of Socom 2 (which many socom loyalists say is the best) and just put the MP portion onto the PSN and see how that goes.
BattleAxe  +   1349d ago
Thats exactly what I've been saying. Its a no brainer that a re-release of Socom 2 would top the charts on the Playstation Store. I would love for Sony Santi Monica, or maybe even Sucker Punch to try to make an authentic online Socom just release a bunch of maps from all the PS2 Socom games, then Sony could hire Bluepoint Studios (GoW1 & 2 remake) to remake all the campaigns from the PS2 Socoms. I loved all of the Socom games on PS2. Most of the people on my friends list I met back in the Socom 2/3 days :(

@ TechGear,

I think you're the dumbest thing I've ever heard of !

You damn Noob ! LMFAO
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Major_Nailson   1349d ago | Trolling | show
hulk_bash1987  +   1349d ago

Nice try troll.....nice try.
Flatbattery  +   1349d ago

Not everybody is a slave to CoD, besides, with a brand new release every twelve months a HD remake would be a waste of time.
decrypt  +   1349d ago
Why are they shutting servers down if Fans like it so much?

I think games should be supported alot longer. I currently play Dota and CS which are both over 10 years old and still supported. I would be furious if i couldnt play those 2 games.
Commodore  +   1349d ago
@Tech Gear

This is where I'd use my "Reach through the computer screen and punch the troll in the face" Card.
dale_denton  +   1349d ago
TechGear.. so how are you doing on this lovely day? oh yeah? SERVED.
momthemeatloaf  +   1349d ago
Because Sony is stupid. They'd rather focus on shooters no one plays online like Killzone and resistance
Tapewurm  +   1349d ago
They really should do a Legacy Version of Socom and make it HD with all the maps from all the console Socom Titles (new and old) I am glad to see that Socom 4 and Confrontation are not on that list. I just finished playing a few rounds of both earlier this morning. Really surprised to see how may folks still play Confrontation (It took Slant 6 several patches, but the game plays great) and also it is nice to see alot of folks still playing Socom 4. Really sucks that Zipper had to bite it, but there was such a negative presence on their forums...all the real fans were playing the game while the whiners and negative folks posted Zipper out of existance. Sad really. :.(
orange-skittle  +   1349d ago
Socom 2 in HD sounds like something I would buy again. I rarely pay for rehashed games just because they are in HD, but Socom 2 would definitely get my money.
pixelsword  +   1349d ago
What they need to do is to make all of the Socom boards out of the new Socom engine and put it out free as DLC to Socom4; that will appease most Socom players plus get more sales to the Socom game.
fatstarr  +   1349d ago
Because you know they will botch the job.

all they would have to do is add HD texture packs and add in the Multi player element upgraded. kinda like the legend of zelda ocarina 64 HD update on emulators. its simple
Soldierone  +   1349d ago
Thinking about it, the announcement is coming oddly just before who knows. Sony obviously loves the HD collections to death, it is still possible.
Gamer-Z  +   1349d ago

COD isn't even what it used to be either, its just rehash after rehash that the COD zombies eat up every year like dumb asses.
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Jayjayff  +   1349d ago
Old Socom,yes. New Socom, no. That's my argument, try to invalid.
flankhim  +   1348d ago
Zipper should have done what activision did. Come out with a new game with the same gameplay with new maps every year. They would have made $$$millions!
mugoldeneagle03  +   1348d ago
Its pretty funny
If you look at that Playstation Blog Share program that never really took off, it's been in the top 15 since it first started.

Such a large demand, and Sony for some just turns on the blinders. I don't get it.

Such great childhood memories :(
showtimefolks  +   1349d ago
please release socom hd collection or atleast socom 2 hd
Ser  +   1349d ago
Same here. Socom was my first foray into the online tactical shooter realm. I absolutely cannot believe that Sony isn't working to preserve the Socom brand with something other than the lame Socom 4.

Just dish out a remastered Socom 2 with full online support, Sony. 99% of your Socom fans would jump for joy if you did this. It's not that hard to see.
MrMister  +   1349d ago
Yep Socom and now Metal Gear Online 2 (ps3) getting shut down this summer. The best third person TACTICAL shooters. Such a pity. Now we're stuck with all these lame games like COD (and BF3 is a great game, but not like socom and mgo).
Prince_Dim-Lu  +   1349d ago
The online game that made me start gaming online. SOCOM and SOCOM 2 were the best. Great memories, incredible fun... This game is missed.
urgentfury  +   1349d ago
It really is a sad day... the game that started the Online Multiplayer for Shooters in Consoles :(
konnerbllb  +   1349d ago
Sort of.. Quake 3 Arena was a hit on Dreamcast long before Socom was online.
MySwordIsHeavenly  +   1349d ago
I certainly wouldn't call it a hit... :/ It was fun and I knew a few people who played it a couple of times, but it wasn't a commercial hit. Great game though! The same goes for Unreal Tournament on Dreamcast/PS2.
morganfell  +   1349d ago
No, not like SOCOM. When SOCOM 2 came out you could look at the numbers of people online. There were more people in SOCOM 2 than on all of Xbox Live. The numbers were ridiculous and that game ate the lives of numerous people.

Nothing has ever equated to victory like winning Enowapi as a SEAL.
Forza_is_King   1349d ago | Trolling | show
ZoyosJD  +   1349d ago
@ Forza...not you again, your comparing 2010/11 XBL #'s to copies sold of a ps2/xbox/PC game.

He was clearly talking about the same timeframe back on the original xbox (not 360).

You love those facts, but you didn't even read what he said: "When SOCOM 2 came out..." That was 9 years ago.

Your comment is full of trollolololol.

Come back with 2003 numbers for XBL then compare.
orange-skittle  +   1349d ago
It was actually Unreal Tournament. People played that more than Quake. That game was a blast. Cant play those fast paced shooters anymore though. Serious twitch fest. Socom 1 and 2 had people awake until 2am knowing they had school in the morning. I had to work at 730 and I would be up until 3am back in 2002/2003. Socom was definitely a console seller.

Morganfell-You're right up until you mentioned XBL to an extent. When Halo 2 went online, the game started to change because then Rainbow Six and Halo ruled online. BTW, Enowapi was the worst map next to Darkness Falls. Everyone knows Desert Glory was the #1 map. That's why they always included it redone with every Socom.
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Diver  +   1349d ago
ha ha ha forza. you are comparing a current gen title to last gen? ha ha ha.

don't you peeps get it. socom 2 was more popular than all of live when socom 2 was out an the hot ps2 title. most peeps moved to s3 when it came out.

for people that claim to be on the ball there sure are some here slow on the uptake.

well forza since you like to cross platforms when comparing numbers, do ya wanna talk cross gen sales? see how that works?
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Diver  +   1348d ago
whoops. you been played.
mobhit  +   1349d ago
I like how you act like Microsoft's little cheerleader in articles that have nothing to do with Microsoft...
BrianG  +   1349d ago
Socom on PS2 opened me up to Shooters and Online Gaming in general. To this day I still consider Socom 2+3 two of the best online experiences I've ever had.

I still find myself bringing up the old PS2 days, going over a friends house to play for hours and hours on end, just because I had a crappy internet connection.
TheGameFoxJTV  +   1349d ago
Socom 1 and 2, along with Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal for me.
OneAboveAll  +   1349d ago
Primarily and Xbox gamer here but I did enjoy the shit out of the first two Socom games. The first one that came out was awesome and it was (i think, correct me if i'm wrong) the first PS2 game that came with a head set so you could use voice commands.

Sad times.
TheCrazyMerc  +   1349d ago
I <3 Socom. Best Gaming Memories Ever.
Spawn-KING  +   1349d ago
Socom 2 is still the most times I played online for me, I never came close when I plat COD. Now days just netflix for me...
dark-hollow  +   1349d ago
hands down one of the best online experience on the ps2 era.
SO many hours ive wasted on Socom 2 :(
BiggCMan  +   1349d ago
Never call it wasted when it's time well spent! I don't "waste" time eating fried chicken if i'm enjoying the hell out of it!!
adorie  +   1349d ago
superb analogy.
SaffronCurse  +   1349d ago
Killzone servers will still be up =)
Commodore  +   1349d ago
They already been shut down.
Y_5150  +   1348d ago
Lol burn!!! :(
NastyLeftHook0  +   1349d ago
waaaaaaaaaaaaaaa :( cries and buys another 12 pack of samual adams summer lager. DAMMMMMMMMMMMMUIT!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!
Colonel_Dante  +   1349d ago
Sony clearly loves their customers. Sad, MSFT doesnt.
NastyLeftHook0  +   1349d ago
ofcourse they do, i mean could you imagine having to pay to play online and going without exclusive games? can you imagine not having a bluray playing game machine? can you imagine actually having reliable hardware?
Oh_Yeah  +   1349d ago
i own both but xbox can play blu ray movie files through usb so why does it matter if it has a blu ray drive? 2nd most exclusives have sucked compared to multi plat, uncharted is over rated with its toy sounding are good but for the story you can just watch indiana jones...gears of war is over rated also lol just look at it. i agree on the pay to play thats why my online games are for ps3.
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N4G-er  +   1349d ago
Not enough to keep their servers open.
ScubaSteve1  +   1349d ago
so might has well play it has long has i can! are the servers still wiht glitches and hackers?
Colonel_Dante  +   1349d ago
I have 3 current 360s that are working (for Forza multiple screens)
Ive had two 360s fail. Samsung drive, and RROD.
I own two PS3s, a launch phat and a slim. So Im a gamer, not a fanboy.
Msft has abandoned the core gamer,
Msft doesnt care.
NastyLeftHook0  +   1349d ago
pc has a bunch of games if you don't like consoles.
Kyosuke_Sanada  +   1349d ago
Well I hope Takedown is good enough to fill it's shoes......
mauleriscool  +   1349d ago
That game is suppose to be a slow paced rainbow six/swat style game. Socom did have a run and gun style to it believe it or not.
the worst  +   1349d ago
damm i almost got fired from my job taking so many days off to play this game.
classic is all i can say.

i broke at least 12 - 15 sony headsets lolol
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Blooper62  +   1349d ago
Haha I remember going to walmart at like 3 in the morning just to get a new one lol. Damn things were so expensive for such a disposable item!
Commodore  +   1349d ago
Finding out your headset broke was one of the worst feelings in the world.

"Can you hear me?"
"Can anyone hear me?"
"God damn it!"
the worst  +   1349d ago
lololololol hell yeah
RustedMan  +   1349d ago
very true.
PirateThom  +   1349d ago
Time for a SOCOM HD release...
Enzo  +   1349d ago
F*** you Zipper... F*** you for thinking SOCOM + Call Of Duty = $$$, and brought us that garbage SOCOM 4
Avalanche  +   1349d ago
it started with Socom3....
NarooN  +   1349d ago
Not really. I mean, yeah, SOCOM 2 is the best in the series, but S3 wasn't THAT bad. At least SOCOM 3 & Combined Assault were still SOCOM games, unlike that CoD-style arcade bullshit SOCOM 4.
BlackTar187  +   1349d ago

For sure

I hat that they forced us to play what they think we should play instead of what we kept asking for.
tommygunzII  +   1349d ago
This is a sad day. If all thats left in the console shooter market is CoD and BF then I am done.
I can't play these new 12v12 respawn deathmatchs because there is little to no strategy. If I want to play a tactical shooter I guess I'll have to do it on a PC.
SnotyTheRocket  +   1349d ago
*cough* Ghost Recon: Future Soldier *cough*
QuickdrawMcgraw  +   1349d ago
I all most always played in Canada West.A lot of the fun was chatting in the game lobby before playing a match.Some of the great characters I met were Funky,Duffman,Ace,Natural,Fat Bast@rd,Keyser Sosa,Lizardman,Psycho,and so many more.Sitting in a lobby chatting while a couple of clan members fanned out to find a clan challenge.Then heading to the challenge room,talking smack,then playing was a heck of a lot of fun.Very nice gaming memories.
red2tango  +   1349d ago
There are many people who still play. FU Sony! ...Unless... they are prepping an HD announcement. hmmm
Father Murder X  +   1349d ago
This is why I am pissed at Sony. Look how they handles Socom this gen. To me Socom is superior to Killzone, Resistance, uncharted. But they treated it like a step-child. This gen was made for Socom. They could have been what COD is now. They dropped the ball. All those studios but yet we haven't had a decent Socom game this gen.
Avalanche  +   1349d ago
its very sad the the online gaming scene peaked when Socom2 released......10years ago.

the fact that no other developer has integrated a lobby system like the Socom Series makes me sick that its all about money for all of these developers and publishers.

Video Games are dead.
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BlackTar187  +   1349d ago
Man socom had so many great things about it that were not gameplay related.

The chat rooms also including a chat box. Open lobbys open customization for the maps and order you want.

So many good things and then it was pissed on and left outside for to long and got baked and became S:4
CanadianTurtle  +   1349d ago
Your last statement has to be the most ignorant comment I have read related to gaming.
Garrison  +   1349d ago
Good thing Socom 2 and If I remember correctly socom 1 has LAN options as well. =)
InTheZoneAC  +   1349d ago
so glad zipper is done. They slowly ruined a series that was slightly brought back to life by slant six.
Avalanche  +   1349d ago
its true the Socom4 was trash. but Confrontation was even worse.

anyone who thinks either is more than mediocre is a moron and there opinion doesnt matter because they are stupid
InTheZoneAC  +   1349d ago

let me ask you this, when did you quit playing after it came out? It's ok though, you had "fun" with whatever other shooter you were playing, right?
Dark_king  +   1348d ago
Really Slant six might have messed up and rushed the release of confrontation,but they stayed with the game working out the issues.Its plays great now and is 100 times better the S4.Its a real Socom game unlike S4.
ZBlacktt  +   1349d ago
MAG will be next. It's like a ghost town now. Can't even get a DOM game going much anymore at all. That is the best FPS I've ever played as far as game play. Nothing like DOM ever.
titans9999  +   1349d ago
Well, SOCOM online community - goodbye....although I will STILL play the single player missions over and over and over....thank God for single player, and THANK GOD i did NOT pay for the "on line only" version called SOCOM Confrontation...this is the very reason NOT to buy on line only games.....kiss your money goodbye if you do!!
JAP591  +   1349d ago
Confrontation isn't shutting down, just the PS2 and PSP titles. And it's a fun game that I enjoy multiple times a week. Not a GREAT game, but certainly worth a purchase if you're a SOCOM fan fed up with the current selection of shooters.
titans9999  +   1349d ago
Yea, but Zipper is going out of business, so soon ALL SOCOM servers will go down...I have SOCOM 4, and it is pretty good....
NoNeedForAName  +   1349d ago
This is a very, very sad announcement for the Socom community. I hope they (Sony) don't think that this will boost Socom 4 in any way by taking away the other options because it won't. Honestly, I haven't played any Socom for a while since 4 came out but the fact that the option to sit down for some good ol' SI/II will be gone is almost sickening. 10 years worth of usernames, clans, profiles and stats - my mid to late teenage years - gone in a instant with the flip of a switch...Tis a sad thing indeed.
mobhit  +   1349d ago
Very sad. I hope they bring it back in some form.
Sikct9a  +   1349d ago
I met the coolest people in Socom 1 & 2. Till this day I still play with them, but not Socom.
ALLWRONG  +   1349d ago
Well I'm glad they kept them up as long as they did. Take note EA this is how you please your fans.
Avalanche  +   1349d ago
actually....not taking down the servers at all would please the fans.
JAP591  +   1349d ago
If we had an even remotely acceptable current gen alternative then I would agree with you, but we don't. They've repeatedly butchered the SOCOM franchise after SOCOM 2, completely disregarding the direction the fans wanted, and trying out every gimmick they could cram in. Confrontation was the only time they made any attempt to follow the fan's advice, but they gave the project to a rookie developer who had a lot of their own backwards ideas they wanted to throw in on top.
Raoh  +   1349d ago
sad day.

Socom fans should check out the current socom confrontation, flawed, so flawed, but as close to socom this gen as you will get. Socom 4 is a good game but not a socom game.

Socom fans should also check out Arma series on pc.

Sadly Konami is shutting down the metal gear online servers which is also a great tactical game.

Ghost Recon, socoms true competitor at one time is no more a good TTPS than SOCOM 4 is.

Honestly, the best we are going to get is Bad Company 2 which is a first person shooter but at least its not a run and gun.

Halo/Gears/CoD suck in my opinion sorry.
mauleriscool  +   1349d ago
socom2 did have a run and gun style to it. One of the best ways to win on Fish Hook or Enowapi seals was to completely out rush the other teams camping tactics.
Raoh  +   1348d ago
Your not wrong. But its not always camping. Your teams job is to defend bomb/vips/etc. Defend it. Where are you going? We need to cover this position and stop the assualt. Oh crap he's dead, now i'm all alone defending, thanks.

But using desert glory as an example.

As a seal, rush the left side, take over the broken wall, from there the building on the right or the tunnel/stairs that lead to the second floor where the VIP's could be found.

OR, rush the middle, take the first building, take position by the windows, rush the middle building, all floors for sniping positions. Take out the wood plank that leads to the roof in the building with the vips to prevent snipers from taking position on the roof.

Or, rush the right, take over that battered building on the right. move up and put pressure on the garage so the terrorist can't advance on you.

Flipside. Terrorist must rush to the vip's. This isn't camping, the seals want to rescue them, guard the vip's at all costs. cover the cell, the stairs and the tunnel, get a sniper on the roof to surpress seal advancement. further back around the broken down buildings, take position, on the look out for seals hiding in the middle building. For gods sake anchor down by the garage and start pressing on on the left side, you know the seals are in that building down the path, grenade it and move. MOOOOOVE.

(vip rescued)

wtf? who was covering the hostages? hello? oh crap i'm all alone......

(insert anxiousness and fear as you rush to the extraction point to at least stop one of the hostages from getting away)

firefight, strafe left and right LOL.

So yeah, there is running and gunning but its mostly with an objective.

You could kill every terrorist but one, but if you don't save those hostages, you don't win. The socom games have always been objective based not kill/death ratio based.

Most of the fights happen in key places, vip room, bomb room, vantage points, .

hold up yall.. I think I am about to cry....
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